Life's been fairly hectic lately. In addition to my day job, I somehow decided that it would be a cool idea to take three courses this term. This term I'm taking English 362 (Shakespeare 1), English 350B (17th Century Literature 2) and English 335 (Creative Writing 1).Creative Writing is a night course, and is workshop based. I'm enjoying the opportunity to focus on the writing craft. Thus far, we've focused on poetry, which is a nice change. The importance of precise diction is challenging. The other two courses are distance education courses. Audio lectures, web based discussion forums, and regular assignments. English 350B is primarily a study of Milton's Paradise lost. It's an impressive work of literature, made more so as Milton composed it while blind.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, during the summer term, I took a selected studies reading course on the works of Philip K. Dick. I think the course went really well. I'm currently reworking my final paper, expanding on some of the ideas I touched upon, and hope to submit it to one of the science fiction journals at a later date.